Hair Makeup and Nails

All area beauty experts agree on this initial fundamental piece of bridal advice: the bride should not try to look like someone else on her wedding day. "I tell the bride to choose a look that will be an extension of herself," one local consultant explains. "Don’t do something different with your hair style or make-up that will make you tense or unsure of yourself. There is enough stress on the wedding day!"

Changes and experiments in new looks can be made successfully, the consultant adds, if the "new look" is tried out in advance. Beauty consultants and salon professionals should be contacted 4 to 6 months before the wedding day for a personal consultation. This consultation may cover the bride’s cosmetic background, hair history, headpiece selection and wedding day schedule of events, in addition to serving as the beginning of a working relationship between bride and stylist that will continue up to the wedding. The consultant will want to discuss the bride’s expectations concerning her nails, hair and make-up, and what can be done to meet or exceed those expectations.

The stylist will help the bride decide on hair length, type and placement of headpiece, placement of flowers, highlighting and all other hair concerns. Experts remind brides that their hair will have to endure the long wedding day with all its photographs, hugs and dances, not to mention the ensuing honeymoon, which so often includes sun, wind and water. To help brides decide, many salons have styling books for brides to browse through, and customers are encouraged to bring in photographs depicting styles they like.

The first styling is often done 2 to 6 weeks before the wedding, depending on the style, amount of hair cut, highlighting, etc. The final styling is done on the morning of the ceremony.

Beauty consultants remind brides of the importance of make-up on the wedding day: the bride is the center of attention, the day is long, and countless photographs are taken. Make-up helps the bride maintain her radiant good looks throughout it all.

Brides may bring in favorite make-up colors, fabric swatches, headpieces and any other items which can help establish color choices. The consultant is trained to look at skin tone to advise on the best color and shades to enhance the bride’s natural hue.

As with hair styling, a practice makeup application is suggested 1 to 4 weeks before the wedding to check for allergies and compatibility. One area salon owner suggests doing a practice styling with headpiece and make-up application for the newspaper announcement photograph as a practical trial run.

"Nail care is one area some brides overlook, but they forget about all the handshakes, people looking at the ring and the popular photographs featuring hands," a local manicurist explains.

Whether performed in a beauty shop, day spa or nail specialty salon, nail care is important to overall appearance. Brides can choose from a multitude of colors and are encouraged to bring in a fabric swatch for matching ahead of time.

In addition to manicures, many brides treat themselves to pedicures. A pedicure can improve a bride’s self-image, help her to relax during the busy preparation period (they take about an hour) and assure lovely feet on the honeymoon!

By establishing a relationship with a beauty salon well in advance of her wedding day, the bride can receive the best worry-free care possible, culminating in the Saturday morning visit (for a Saturday afternoon wedding) to the salon for final manicure, styling and make-up application, usually scheduled well in advance. Some brides are accompanied by their mothers as well as attendants, producing an appreciated time of relaxed preparation in a friendly atmosphere. Some salons offer special packages for brides and/or bridal parties.

Diet & Exercise

Planning ahead for the big day brings excitement and joy, but for most couples it also brings some anxiety. Couples want to look and feel their best and as is with all the details of their wedding this too takes forethought and planning.

Almost every bride wants to lose some weight or trim down in a particular area for her wedding day. Experts steadfastly recommend that no crash diets be undertaken, however. Not only can they play havoc with dress fittings, but they can also result in fatigue, dizziness and even nausea - all undesirable (as well as unpredictable!) the day of the wedding.

Controlled weight loss can be accomplished through a combination of calorie reduction and exercise. The best place to start is with a physician. Once you have talked to your doctor you can begin to consider the countless choices available. Many weight loss programs provide sensible menu plans along with, exercise, encouragement, information and counseling. Nutritionists and exercise professionals can also be helpful. Today, options for exercise include a variety of great fitness centers, health clubs, gyms, specialized yoga, martial arts, aerobic and dance classes, not to mention local parks or even your own home. Without a doubt the most successful diets and exercise plans are started months in advance and can lead to healthy habits for a lifetime.

Feeling Healthy
A headache, neck ache, or backache can leave you feeling tired and worn down. Today many men and women are turning to chiropractic care to relieve these common though irritating conditions. Massages have also gained popularity as more people look to relieve their daily tensions and stress. Day spas have opened their doors to provide a haven from the cares of the world. These one-stop relaxation spots may offer services including spa treatments, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and more. Day spas are not only popular for brides, they also provide a great way for her attendants to get together, relax and be pampered for a fun shower or pre-wedding treat!

A Sparkling Smile!
Today more than ever, we see numerous commercials and products geared at whiter teeth. Many dental professionals are now specializing in satisfying this market with special treatments aimed at whitening and brightening smiles. Along with whiter teeth, they are also providing ways to straighten and perform aesthetic services without the traditional unsightly braces or surgery.

Grooms and Male Attendants

 Not surprisingly, today many men are taking advantage of salon services. Most male clientele will get their final haircut 1 to 2 weeks before the wedding day; they will return for a final shampoo and hair trim (beard and moustache included) 1 day before or the day of the wedding. A manicure for the laboring man is an easy way to clean and soften work-toughened hands, as many men are discovering.